Amazon Previews Q, Its AI-Powered Assistant
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 04 December 2023

Amazon has announced Q, a generative artificial intelligence powered assistant that can be tailored to the data in a specific organization.

Amazon says you can use Amazon Q to have conversations, solve problems, generate content, gain insights, and take action by connecting to your company's information repositories, code, data, and enterprise systems. The idea is that information and advice provided by Amazon Q can be used to help business users streamline tasks and accelerate decision-making and problem-solving. See it in action:


Amazon Q understands identities, roles and permissions, and will based its output on that. Amazon was keen to say that AWS never uses customers' content from Amazon Q to train the underlying models, so your company information remains secure and private.

For developers, Amazon Q can be used to get started building applications on AWS, to resolve errors, and get assistance in coding. Amazon gave the example of Amazon Q Code Transformation which can perform Java application upgrades from version 8 and 11 to version 17. Amazon says Q has been trained on 17 years of AWS knowledge and best practices. Developers can interact with the Amazon Q using conversational questions and answers to get started, learn new things, research best practices, and build applications on AWS. 

Q can also be used to optimize Amazon EC2 instance selections for a specific workload, to solve errors for various AWS services directly in the console, and to help troubleshoot network connectivity issues. This is based on Amazon VPC Reachability Analyzer for checking connections and inspecting network configuration.

Amazon Q is also available in supported IDEs, specifically IntelliJ IDEA and the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code. Used in IDEs, developers can ask questions and get help either by chatting with Q or invoking actions by typing / in the chat box. This feature requires the latest AWS Toolkit and Amazon CodeWhisperer.

Q will also offer interactive guidance based on Amazon CodeCatalyst. Amazon says you can go from a natural language prompt describing the task you want to process, to application features in minutes, with interactive step-by-step instructions and best practices.

Another option can be used to upgrade an application. Amazon Q Code Transformation automatically analyzes your existing codebase, generates a transformation plan, and completes the key transformation tasks suggested by the plan.

Amazon Q is available in preview now.


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